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8 Great Things: August on the South Coast

We’re in that sweet spot of summer…we’ve been swimming, kayaking, biking and clamming and there’s still a lot more of that ahead for us before Fall comes a’ calling. Here are 8 Great Things we’re looking forward to in August. They’ll help round out the summer and make those memories for you that you can pull out and polish by the fire in January. As always, many thanks to Anne Whiting Real Estate for sponsoring this monthly roundup!

1. Country Drives & Great Art

There are a couple of upcoming weekends where you can drive around the beautiful towns of Dartmouth, Westport, Tiverton & Little Compton, enjoying the scenery and visiting artists in their studios. The Art Drive weekend is August 6 through 8 and the South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour is August 21 through 22. Download the maps and get driving!

2. TGIF: Kayak & Poses

The Buzzards Bay Coalition offers two Friday evenings to kayak out to Wickets Island in the middle of Onset Bay and enjoy some island yoga away from the hustle and bustle. $15. 5:30 to 7:00 on August 6 (register here) and August 13 (register here).

3. They’re Gonna Need A Bigger Theater

The Z is showing Jaws on the big screen this month and there’s no better way to see it. Plus, it’s free! Reserve your tickets now so that you can experience Jaws just like in 1975 when it came out — in a dark theater surrounded by a gasping audience. 8 pm. August 13. 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. More here. 

4. Chalk It Up

One of our favorite events of the year is the annual Chalk-Full-O-Fun Street Painting Fest. Usually held in Onset, it’s moved this year to outside the Wareham Town Hall. A nominal registration fee buys you a sidewalk square, some really vibrant chalk (that we use all year long) and the chance to compete for a prize in a variety of categories for young and old. There’s always a guest artist who knocks it out of the park with their art but the coolest thing is seeing the creativity of the regular folks and kids. Wander around and enjoy the chalk art, vendors and music. 9 to 4, August 21 (rain date: August 22). 54 Marion Road, Wareham. More here. 

5. Clamm’n with the Gnome Surf Clan

We have a soft spot in our heart for Gnome Surf after featuring them in our Fall issue last year. They bring surfing to young athletes of all abilities (follow them on Instagram and joy pops up in your feed whenever they post anything). They’re hosting a family clambake to help support their great work. Come see what it’s all about! 12 to 4, August 29. Little Compton Game Club, 80 John Dyer Road, Little Compton. $50/$15 kids tickets. Tickets here.

6. Walk Back in Time

Fairhaven’s outdoor walking tours are back this year! They were rated among the best walking tours in the Northeast by the Huffington Post. Join them on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings to see Fairhaven from the eyes of Standard Oil Executive Henry H. Rogers and on Friday mornings for their interactive Pirates and Privateers tour. It’s free! More here.

7. Time for a Scavenger Hunt

We love scavenger hunts and we love Dartmouth Natural Resource Trust properties. Put ’em together and it’s like peanut butter and chocolate. To celebrate their 50th birthday, you find and photograph 50 of the 70 items listed on their “Discover DNRT Scavenger Hunt” checklist. Complete the challenge and you’ll receive a special DNRT tote that isn’t otherwise available so people will know you’re the bees’ knees. $25 per entrant. Through October 31st. Learn more here. 

8. Feeling Crabby

Join the Mass. Department of Conservation in exploring the biodiversity of Fall River’s Quequechan River in this catch-and-release program. You can help pull up the traps and see what’s inside– you may see blue crabs, oyster drills, comb jellies, and other creatures. 11 to noon on Wednesdays through September. Meet at the footbridge at Fall River Heritage State Park.Visitor’s Center.

Again, many thanks to Anne Whiting Real Estate for sponsoring this monthly list!

 


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Harris Provisions in Onset: The Definitive Breakfast Sandwich & Coffee Combo

Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. is sending us around the area to their favorite food spots because it’s a law firm that is all about family and they know food is an integral part of family life. This month, we were picking up our mail in Onset when we smelled bacon…

Breakfast SandwichIf you’re expecting perfection, you’ve come to the right place.

You may miss the sign but you can’t miss the smell of bacon wafting through the air. Tucked in a charming little wooden trolley next to Onset’s post office is Harris Provisions, serving up breakfast sandwiches and coffee. They are breakfast sandwiches and coffee like you’ve never had them, made with a level of attentiveness that brings both art and science to the table.

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8 Great Things: July on the South Coast

Ka-bam!! The Fourth of July is right around the corner and we are ready for it! Our list this month has fireworks on it and quite a few other July treats. Thanks so much to Anne Whiting Real Estate for sponsoring our monthly 8 Great Things!

1. Fireworks

First things first! Where can you you get your fill of fireworks?

  • Middleboro: July 2 at 10 pm at Pierce Playground. More here.
  • New Bedford: July 3 off the State Pier on Saturday, July 3 at 9 pm. More here. 
  • Fall River: July 4 at 9 pm. Viewing at Bicentennial and Heritage State Parks. More here. 
  • Plymouth: July 5 at 9:30 at Town Wharf. More here. 

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